Keep on winning, says Flit

Dale Whitham (left) celebrates scoring in the 2-0 win at Stockport on Saturday with Jack Dorney
Dale Whitham (left) celebrates scoring in the 2-0 win at Stockport on Saturday with Jack Dorney
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  • Conference North play-off opportunity for Chorley
  • Magpies can move into top five with win over Leamington
  • Clitheroe host Spennymoor Town at Shawbridge
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Chorley have the opportunity to move into the Conference North play-off places tonight.

If the Magpies can beat Leamington by five clear goals at New Windmill Ground, they will leapfrog Boston United and Hednesford Town into fifth spot on goal difference.

We know where we want to be at the end of the season and we have to keep winning games.

After Saturday’s excellent 2-0 away win over Stockport County at Edgeley Park, the table is starting to look good for Garry Flitcroft’s men.

They are only six points behind third-placed Guiseley and boast games in hand on all of their rivals above them.

With no other fixture in the Conference North taking place tonight, Chorley can really ram home their advantage against relegation-threatened Leamington.

The Brakes are without a win in four and are hovering just two points above the drop zone.

They will, however, be buoyed by the 2-2 draw they recorded against Chorley at Victory Park earlier this month.

Flitcroft is feeling confident about his side’s chances tonight especially after they brushed aside the threat of County, who still harbour play-off hopes.

“I thought we were totally dominant against Stockport on Saturday,” said Flitcroft.

“Their goalkeeper was outstanding – if it hadn’t have been for him then it could have been six or seven.

“Tonight will be a tough game – it’s a long journey and we’ll be leaving at three o’clock in the afternoon.

“But we’ll be putting that to the back of our minds, we’ve had two great victories recently and team spirit is brilliant.

“We know where we want to be at the end of the season and we have to keep winning games.

“The teams that were above us we still have games in hand on, so we have to keep going and win as many games as we can.”

Meanwhile, in the NPL First Division North, Clitheroe will be hoping to end a poor run of results when they host Spennymoor Town at Shawbridge tonight.

The Blues have lost their last four matches, including the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy final against Chorley at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium last week.

On Saturday they were beaten at play-off chasing Farsley 2-0 and they will have their work cut out this evening against a side who beat them 8-3 earlier this month.

Clitheroe actually took the lead in that match but then found themselves 7-1 down with just under 20 minutes of the match to go.